Consciousness Cannot Be Taught

It can only be pointed out
(that’s if it’s actually pointed out)
and then realised.
Consciousness is what we are.

Why is this naturally-occurring consciousness so dressed up and ritualised? We, as humans, are fascinated by everything, and so can be given things in order to fascinate us, which can become a fetish.
Fetish: an inanimate object worshipped for its supposed magical powers 

Consciousness isn’t like that: consciousness isn’t fascinating, as anything fascinating is a distraction.

We merely have to break the habit of thinking that we don’t know enough. Of course, we don’t know all the details of those fascinating things that keep us distracted, but we do know innate knowingness, because knowingness is synonymous with consciousness.

It’s like riding a bike: once we ‘get it’, we can never not ‘get it’. We don’t have to rely on stabilisers any more. We don’t have to become monks and nuns, and keep chanting and singing, reading more books and going on long retreats, as this is merely doubting that we ‘got it’.

In fact, all that ritual starts to become a hinderance. It works against itself. We are doing something and being something! People start to become self-conscious, instead of being consciousness itself. How many people do you know who can drop everything and give you their total attention, without playing a part? How many people do you know who are conscious and awake?

Consciousness is natural. We should be natural. We can’t buy consciousness. Once we realise we are consciousness, everything else makes sense. We understand that we dwell in an unnatural world of ignorance, deception, cruelty, self-centredness, hope, fear, pride and jealousy. We also understand that, above all and at the same time, we live in love. Real consciousness is living in love, where there is no separation.

We could spent decades on spiritual paths and still wonder what it’s all about: “Where is this love?” “Who can I talk to clarify my personal condition?” “Do they actually know?” “If I had a problem with belief, why was this not accepted?” They may chant, ‘Compassion … compassion … compassion…’, but where is this compassion when it’s needed?

It’s a tricky world.

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Just Experience And Put Down

There is nothing wrong with desire;
it’s clinging to desire that causes heart ache.”

Nothing bothers us as much as our own mind.
Others may seem to bothers us, but it is actually our own mind.”
-Ravi Shankar

If one stays too long with friends, they will soon tire.
Living in such closeness leads to dislike and hatred.
It is but human to expect and demand too much,
when one dwells too long in companionship.”

Tasting, smelling, seeing, hearing and touching are non-conceptual, neutral experiences, as no opinion is involved at the very first contact. We then determine whether an experience is either pleasant, unpleasant or neutral: as human beings, we need these faculties in order to survive.

There’s nothing wrong with the pleasant: delightful experiences in the moment are spontaneous, fresh and selfless. It is only when we linger, expect and cling, that problems arise.

Two monks were walking to town along a muddy road. They came across a young girl who couldn’t cross, due to the mud. One monk immediately picked her up and placed her down on the other side of the road. The monks walked on.

When they arrived in the town, the second monk said, “You do know that we shouldn’t have anything to do with girls, don’t you?” The first monk replied, “I put her down on the other side of the road”.

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Social Media, The Dopamine Hit And Mindfulness

Social media gives us feedback and validation … fast! It’s what we live for, and so it actually controls us. We don’t see it, because we are in it. This is demonic intent. The dopamine boost provides a sense of reward. It’s exciting, and as it’s exciting, we become hooked.

We need to be mindful of what we are actually doing, in order to be aware that something is either beneficial or harmful. This will depend on our level of awareness.

Mindfulness is the way in which we conduct our life, consciously. If we are properly instructed, mindfulness is the continuity of awareness meditation. Mindfulness is not the end product; it is the means to an end, and that end is remembering to be conscious, and that we are consciousness itself.

Social media, alcohol, drugs, smoking, sugar, porn, validation … all these give us a sense of pleasure from the chemical rush of dopamine in the the brain. This can become addictive, but the rewards are artificial as they result from external stimuli with which we identify. There is a simple, natural pleasure in the direct contact of the senses with the outside world: if we are captured by the virtual world of digital reality that provides us with that chemical rush in the same way as those other addictions, we forget the joy of simple living. The real reward is consciousness itself, resting in emptiness where there are no needs.

Meditation is resting in empty, conscious awareness, where we are in total control. When we come out of meditation, we use mindfulness in our daily activities in order to remember our own clear intelligence, rather then succumbing to the hive mentality of programmed reactions.

In this modern ‘new’ world, we have been made to be speedy – we want validation and we want it now! We feed off it – social media is a feeding frenzy, and it has brought out the demon in us.

As we progress spiritually, our capacity increases: we become more generous, tolerant, patient, disciplined, able to concentrate and ultimately realise transcendent wisdom. That is the ultimate reward, free from reliance on external stimuli.

Our capacity is due to being able to rest, not clinging to anything – even meditation. The danger of limiting ourselves only to mindfulness is that, although we may come to be more efficient, we may also become hooked by our own abilities because awareness meditation has been overlooked.

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Meet The Foolish!

“I’m not suffering!”

The foolish, lacking wisdom about their true nature of consciousness, cling to their fancies, falling deeper into confusion.

Acknowledging that I am the fool is the recognition of suffering, and therefore the path to liberation.

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Being Wise

Being wise, we suffer fools gladly.”
2 Corinthians 11:19

If we claim to be wise,
we would not fall out with the foolish.
That’s if we were wise.

The way of the Bodhisattva starts by
testing, stretching, energising, realising, inspiring.
It ends in
empathy, compassion and love.

But, who are the foolish … ?

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Unintentionally Upsetting People

My one supreme talent!

When we see life differently from others, what do we do?
We may decide, “Well, I must change”.
But change into what?
“Why can’t I just be ‘normal’?”
What’s normal?
“Should I keep apologising?”
Or should I write a blog which people don’t have to read? 😀

There are two ways of working with our human and spiritual aspects: one is to soothe the mind with incantations, and the other is to provoke it with reason. We should use both to adjust our balance, depending on our karmic trauma; who dares, wins.

Why do we get so upset, either with ourselves, or with other people?
Did we expect things to turn out a certain way, and they didn’t?
Is someone else’s script from a completely different play?
Are we feeling challenged?
Have we just made up our minds, giving rise to a sequence of events?

From “As YOU like it”, by William Shakespeare

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. 

At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.

Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. 

And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. 

Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. 

And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. 

The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. 

Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

A frozen mind is stiff.
A melting mind finds its own level.

…oh dear … have I done it again? … 😀

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We Live In Parallel Realities

One reality is our physical, human form of body, speech and mind, while the other is consciousness, our ethereal reality.

Ethereal: extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world, from Greek aithēr ‘upper air’, from the base of aithein ‘burn, shine

It’s a matter of balance. If we are too weighed down in the physical, mental state, the ethereal will appear insubstantial and imaginary – or even alien. That is our conventional reality, and the converse must also be true; from the ultimate point of view, the physical realm seems insubstantial, and imaginary – or even alien. Because we are in a human form, we need a balance to achieve a unity of these two realities.

The ethereal consciousness is one of clarity and love. The physical realm is one of desire and aversion. When we meet another, there is either love or a lack of love, which is love modified by desire or aversion.

We notice, when engaged in talking to others, that there is a wish to communicate, but at the same time, we realise that there are limitations to that communication: this illustrates the parallel realities. We can’t say how we truly feel and things are left ‘up in the air’ – in the ether 🙂 In this situation, if we’re not aware of the parallel realities, we can become frozen as dynamic harmony is missing.

Resting in ethereal reality – consciousness – there is no noise. There’s nothing to say.
When we sit together in silent meditation, isn’t the peace wonderful and … smily?

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Why We Investigate Ourselves

We investigate ourselves to understand ourselves. In doing so, we will understand others. And don’t we already know such a lot? 😀


Spirituality is actually psychology. Psychology is the study of the human mind and its functions that affects our behaviour. The spiritual aspect is being consciously aware of whatever takes place in the human mind and the results of that. We then realise that this consciousness never changes, while the interpretor – the mind – is always creating and changing. And then we realise that this is happening within every other sentient being … even so-called aliens!

We are all aliens – belonging to something or other – and this separates us.

Just Imagine inseparability!

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Valuing Gratitude

We appreciate everything that happens and
– especially –
everything that doesn’t happen!

Gratitude enriches life.
May our futures bring us closer together.




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The Deep Entrapment

We are not our true selves
because we are born into a great deception.

We are confused and distracted
because this state is acceptable to us.

The historical formula of deception
is divide and rule.

We are divided both from our true nature,
and from one another.

We prefer the entertainment of the magician’s deception and misdirection
to the realisation of consciousness.

An understanding of this great danger
speeds us towards enlightenment.

By consenting to be distracted – and therefore deceived – we agree to be confused. Acceptability is an agreement that approximates truth, and seems ‘good enough’. We come to believe that this approximation is normal because we don’t know any better.

Wanting to be admired, and fit into this deception, is merely following the rules of the prison: looking at the possibility of entrapment is not for the faint hearted.

If we have invested so much time and energy into following something in samsara (the vicious cycle of an illusory existence), then we cannot and will not think ‘outside the box’. Clinging to a favourite set of numbers for the lottery, we feel we have to continue using those, like a lucky charm. It’s a self-fulfilling trap. We’re being manipulated day after day, and unfortunately, we find this exploitation an acceptable price to pay.

We are enslaved by the power of wealth – which is a total illusion as it all dissolves at death. By pursuing wealth and power, we forget our true wealth and power, which comes from the quality of undistracted consciousness.

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Spiritual Practice Is Transforming Energy
from gross to subtle

By refining our energy through awareness, the right causes and conditions are created for the clarity of consciousness to shine: we become more intelligent, and eventually, enlightened. We do this by being mindful or aware of how we use our body, speech and mind, noting whether our actions expand an atmosphere, or our reactions smother it.

Through right action, we transform our life, and our world. We don’t have to be chanting mantras all the time, or sitting meditating for hours: we just need to be aware of whatever is taking place. To be conscious. Using a system or tradition does help with discipline, and acts as a reminder. Reading, or bringing to mind something that inspires us every day, is a support to lift us out of a mundane world.

If we find ourselves occupied by vacancy, we can become drowsy and live in a neutral state that’s neither beneficial nor harmful, and we end up feeling flat and lacking in energy. Learning something that isn’t mechanical enlivens us, and lights up the synapses. The human brain changes constantly throughout a person’s lifetime, and new connections are continually created, while synapses that are no longer in use degenerate.

It’s interesting that more and more children seem to be being born with exceptional abilities.

This bodes well for the future, and the end game of this dark age … so we don’t want to be left behind do we? 😀

Things are getting better, as the darkness is showing us the way.

Where there are the darkest shadows,
there is the brightest light!

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Can We Start At The Beginning?
Where Science And Spirituality Meet

Energy is neither created nor destroyed.
Matter is neither created nor destroyed.

Space is neither created nor destroyed.
Time is neither created nor destroyed.

Truth is neither created nor destroyed.
Consciousness is neither created nor destroyed.

Life is consciousness.
Wisdom is the realisation of consciousness.

In the beginning, there was no beginning.
Energy changes due to causes and conditions.

Our universe is the energy of our consciousness.
The beginning is always now.



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Inspiration Is Both Magical And Psychological

Inspiration can seem magical, in the sense of seeming to come out of the blue, but it is actually a reminder of something we always knew: “Why didn’t I see that before?!”

We didn’t see that before because we were blinded by the drug of conventional programming. Dissatisfaction arises because we know there is something more than the collective ideals, and that dissatisfaction is the key. When we realise the cause and effect of the programming, we awaken, and can never truly go back into the dream. It’s sort of magical – but really, it’s all psychological.

‘Waking’ is seeing the light; now, even in dreams, there is light. There is no getting away from the light because it’s what we are – and have always been.

In the light, everything is inspirational … from goodness know where.

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Blind Goodwill

Trillions of dollars are spent on designing weapons
to deceive, harm, and kill people.

Blind Goodwill says,
“If those same trillions of dollars were used
to enlighten the world,
wars would not exist.”

But wars are designed to
deceive, harm and kill.
We are divided,
and so conquered.

The greatest sin is
harming, deceiving or killing
any being that has the potential of enlightenment
or union with God.

Enlightened Goodwill says,
“First, do no harm.
Tame the mind.
Do good.”

Let’s not hope that next year will be any better:
let’s do something about it.
First, tame the mind.
Do no harm.
Do good.

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Consciousness Is The Protector

When we acknowledge conscious awareness – the heart of our being – we realise that conscious awareness is present before any thought of hope and fear. In other words, knowingness is already present: we innately know. We are knowingness. This knowingness is conscious awareness, the light of clarity. It is primary intelligence which guides our conscience, influencing our behaviour. If we ignore our conscience, our life can get into a muddle.

Because of personal propensities for hope and fear, we wittingly or unwittingly perpetuate a pattern of behaviour. This pattern creates our karmic residue, our bank of memories. This pattern of memories presents itself moment by moment, and is what we have to work with. It’s the filter through which we see – a dark glass – and our work is to clean away the smears in order to see clearly.

We may feel that we need protection from the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…’ and this protection comes from consciousness. Consciousness is the supreme lord, and our protector that guides us. All we have to do is look and listen, taste and smell, hear and touch, and then we know that we know. If we ignore what we know, we can find ourselves in hell.

Through conscious awareness, realised through meditation, that which is unnecessary drops away, and that which is necessary reveals itself. Conscious awareness maintains balance.

The light – or clarity – of consciousness shows us the way, and inspires us. We may regret, but what was done, was done.

Consciousness is the light, and that light is the lord.
That light is the great translator whereby the same quality is revealed in everything.

Adapted from the 23rd Psalm:

The light is my shepherd; I lack nothing.

The light makes me lie down in green pastures. The light leads me beside still waters.

The light restores my soul. The light guides me in the paths of righteousness for light’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for the light is with me. The light comforts me.

The light prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies. The light anoints my head with oil. My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the light forever.”


Interestingly, the ‘lord’ is that which gives us our daily bread, our nourishment – and what could be nourishing than the light of clarity 😀

lord: from Old English hlāford, from hlāfweard –bread-keeper’ – from a Germanic base.

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Are We Creating A World Of Narcissists?

Lacking empathy 

Narcissists may fail to show any interest in other people’s lives, or become bored when the conversation is not about them. This means narcissists are often bad listeners: instead of listening in conversation, they wait to speak.

Seeking admiration  

Narcissists want people to gush over them, and shower them with compliments in order to fulfil their need for validation. Seeking admiration is like a drug for narcissists: if others won’t applaud them, they search for new acquaintances from whom they get the next fix.


Narcissists have an exaggerated sense of self-importance and superiority which helps them stand out from the pack.  This self-importance is fragile as they are not necessarily satisfied with themselves as a person. In fact, losses and failures may knock narcissists particularly badly as they are confronted their own vulnerability.


Narcissists crave leadership and control, and seek situations where they can impress others. They like being leaders, where they can dazzle and dominate without having to co-operate.

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Detachment Means Separation

As spiritual enthusiasts, we may have the idea that we should be detached from life. Of course, in meditative absorption, there is no identification, and so there is neither attachment nor detachment.

‘Attachment’ and ‘detachment’ are relative terms. In our daily activities, becoming attached is the cause of our bondage and suffering – but this doesn’t mean that we have to be detached.

We seem to be born with a certain script or drama – a karmic plan which may be pleasant or unpleasant, or a little of both. This script is unavoidable although, by applying mindfulness, we can reduce its intensity. If we struggle against it, we may be creating more of the same. If, on the other hand, we accept this pattern of life as our play – and so play it out – we may find life has a resolution to it.

To be detached from life and from the suffering of others could be a huge error in the process of our evolution. Love and compassion – coming from empathy – arise from the wealth of our understanding, and forms the foundation of happiness.

A lack of empathy is a downward slide into hell. This is especially important for those of us who are spiritually inclined because, if we start to take ourselves too seriously, it’s possible to succumb to spiritual materialism. In this case, the script we are writing for ourselves inadvertently gives rise to ‘spiritual narcissism’, where we lack empathy for our spiritual brothers and sisters.

Lacking empathy…
Seeking admiration…
Self important…
Driven by status…
We arrive at narcissism.

Genuine, selfless kindness cuts through this instantly.

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Is ‘Pure Consciousness’ Too Complicated?

Does this purity feel too distant and something to be attained,
with the effect of actually putting you to sleep?

There is only consciousness.

There are times when we review how something is expressed, and a change may take place: this has happened to me recently.

The term ‘pure consciousness’ implies that there is ‘impure consciousness”: this would be inaccurate. Consciousness just is. It is present all the time, and cannot be modified or harmed. We are consciousness right now, but we are surrounded by ideas, concepts and terminologies that separate us. Consciousness can be distracted, giving the illusion of ‘impurity’. There is an illusion of darkness, but light must be present in order to designate darkness.

Just using the word ‘consciousness’ brings it home, right now. Consciousness is awareness. It is only when consciousness is aware of something other than itself, that we become distracted and forget what we are.

Traditionally, in Tibetan Buddhism, there are said to be eight or nine consciousnesses, the ninth being pure consciousness – our true nature. The eight ‘so-called’ consciousnesses are the five faculties of perception – the senses, that are neutral – and thoughts derived from memory and judgment. This has always confused me.

We see.
We are seeing.
There is only seeing.

We are conscious.
We are consciousness.
There is only consciousness.

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An Example Of Intense Questioning
(and intense dissatisfaction)

Why are religions and spirituality so complex?
Why so many consciousnesses in Buddhism?
Why are there so many different traditions?
Why worship something outside and unseen?
Have people been misled for thousands of years?
How can all this be satisfactorily explained?

…I’ve been having a bit of intense reflection!

There is a intrinsic formula that has no complexity: in order to know darkness, we must innately know light.

Suddenly, it all seemed different. It wasn’t complex any more. There aren’t many consciousnesses: traditions merely emphasise or express ‘an’ aspect. There is nothing outside and unseen, as that would be pointless. We have been misled … And these questions can all be explained!

There is only one consciousness, which is purely conscious. It is the supreme view – the Lord of views – which enlightens everything. The Lord is consciousness.

We can, if we wish, place an emphasis on either ‘The Lord’ or ‘Consciousness’, or we can see them as one. A unity.

With realisation, even if a thousand Buddhas and teachers said we were wrong, we would still know we were right because there is nothing beyond this.

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The Lord Is Consciousness

The Lord Is Consciousness
We have never been separated.

How does that make you feel?

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Your Question Should Tear You Apart

To get the right answer, we need to ask the right question with the right motivation, for the right conditions to be in place for the right impact to occur. If it is a casual question, the answer will have less meaning – or none at all.

Of course, we can ask general questions to form a general idea about something, but that will not produce the intense atmosphere for real change to take place. That eureka moment comes from a genuinely-felt question which been bothering us for some time. Real spiritual practice is like a ‘boot camp’ where all one’s traumas and irritations come to a head.

Teachings are not like that. They are, through necessity, general teachings. The real teaching comes from within … “Bloody hell! What is this all about? I’m confused!”

Confusion is better than conclusion:
Confusion means you are looking.

So what is ultimate truth?
The confusion means you are looking!

That is the ultimate truth.
Rather than an intellectual conclusion,
it is knowingness itself.
When we know,
we cannot be confused.

Generally, people want spiritual answers before they actually have a question: they just want to join ‘the good’. When we look around, there don’t seem to be many ‘confused’ people: but all they have done is learn answers and come to conclusions. They cannot empathise with our confusion and so, unfortunately, they lack genuine compassion. This is not to condemn anyone; we have just reach a certain point at a certain time.

Most people ask a question without knowing the depth of that question. “What is ultimate truth?” is not a casual question. The question should be tearing you apart to get the ultimate answer. Not knowing the pain of ignorance, you will not know the bliss and relief of knowingness either. Reality can only be known by consciousness – pure consciousness – rather than concluding.

Personally, I worry. I have always worried. I worry about worrying. That worrying was built on past trauma upon trauma. Worrying is suffering. Consciousness is aware that this is a product from the past. I’m worried now, but this means that looking and knowingness are taking place: Knowingness and worry are simultaneous. Until complete enlightenment, this will continue.

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Questioning Leads To An Answer

We looked for a spiritual approach to life because we were dissatisfied with the ‘status quo ante’ – the previous state of affairs – but now we may find that the ‘status quo’ – the existing state of affairs – is also unsatisfactory. There are many approaches to realisation, and what suits one may not suit another.

We first have to admit that we are dissatisfied: dissatisfaction leads to a question, and questions lead to an answer. The first noble truth – the acknowledgment that we are suffering – doesn’t mean that that, in itself, is the end of suffering. We still have to do some work, as there are layers of limiting obscurations.

Unless we can talk about our dissatisfaction, it will remain: that dissatisfaction holds the key to our next step. Alternatively, we can ignore the dissatisfaction, believing that there’s something wrong with us and that we have to try harder when, in fact, we may need a different approach.

Others may not have questions because the path they are on suits them at this present moment, but if we do have a question, we need to talk about it. Unfortunately, there is bias in spiritual groups, and so, certain questioning is not encouraged. Questioning can get you into trouble in such a group Speaking personally, it is for this reason that I had to move from the Mahamudra approach to Dzogchen (and my life then changed completely), whereas others have moved from Dzogchen to Therevada because that suits them.

It’s uncomfortable to realise that we have to move on, and therefore let go of the status quo. Once we start asking questions that aren’t part of the group think, we become aliens

Latin: ‘alienus’ belonging to another.

The answer has always been within us. Realisation is you joining up the dots.

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­What Is Consciousness?

Consciousness is a conundrum: it’s both
mundane – worldly
supramundane – above and beyond the mundane.

Many scientists believe that AI robots could soon gain consciousness. This reveals a limited view of consciousness and is a misunderstanding: it’s also a deliberate deception restricting human reasoning.

The definition of a robot is a machine resembling a human being that is able to replicate human movements, and functions automatically in regard to its surroundings. ‘Reacting to surrounding’ is mundane consciousness: it’s a perception that is only concerned with worldly events, and is useful for survival but not for realising inner peace. Robots will merely be mimicking ordinary human activity – mundane consciousness – more efficiently.

This mundane consciousness is our second nature: our first nature is much, much more.

First nature: our original nature, the source of wisdom uncontaminated by programming.
Second nature: a tendency or habit that has become a characteristic, a type (the programming).

Mundane consciousness has the ability to remember, judge and re-enact within its surroundings. This behaviour becomes so engrained that we fixate on this patterning, distracting us from our first nature of pure consciousness, original wakefulness.

The purpose of supra-mundane consciousness is to free us from mundane consciousness.

Our mundane consciousness is leading us down the garden path = deceived! We are constantly being enticed into the illusion through all forms of media, and the result is that we actually lose consciousness.

Awakening is having the ability to switch off our second nature.
Robots cannot do this!

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The Inseparability Of Buddhism And God

It is not a matter of being aware of God;
God is the awareness.

Without awareness,
we would never know, would we?

No awareness
No God.

Inspiration and insight
come from the clarity of awareness.

True love and compassion
is not being separate from others.

It is in the very clinging to a belief, a non-belief, or a traditional system, that we create hope, fear and ignorance, and so separate ourselves. All systems are just a means to an end: the end is freedom from hope, fear, hatred, desire, pride, jealousy, ignorance. True freedom is beyond all limitation.

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Information Overload

= mental indigestion
= forgetting our essential nature
= forgetting how precious this life is
= forgetting compassion
= unable to make sense of life
= unable to see and think clearly

If there is no space to discriminate, our view will become shallow because information may not be going to the appropriate area of the brain. We need a simple methodology to think clearly.

From an article in the Guardian newspaper:

Multitasking has been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking.

Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus and for constantly searching for external stimulation.

To make matters worse, the prefrontal cortex has a novelty bias, meaning that its attention can be easily hijacked by something new – the proverbial shiny objects we use to entice infants, puppies, and kittens.

The irony here for those of us who are trying to focus amid competing activities is clear: the very brain region we need to rely on for staying on task is easily distracted …

Russ Poldrack, a neuroscientist at Stanford, found that learning information while multitasking causes the new information to go to the wrong part of the brain.”

The simple methodology:

Meditation unloads and enables

= to digest information without bias
= to realise our essential nature
= to appreciate how precious life is
= to be able show compassion
= to be able to see how everything makes sense
= to be able to see and think clearly

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Does Spirituality Separate People?

It shouldn’t, but it does.
People are people.

If we only assume that we are spiritual, then we are in a half way house, with our mind in hell and our heart in heaven. Whether we call it purgatory or samsara, we are still governed by our primitive brain mode of flight, fight or freeze, and so we stay separated from others. We are relating to them, rather than relating with them.

Until we can debunk ourself, thus exposing our hollowness, we will take ourselves too seriously, and therefore remain detached from others. If we’re not prepared to recognise our own inflated ego, then we cannot empathise, let alone show kindness and compassion.

To get clear of confusion, we have to be clear.

Debunking ourselves is the process of purification, and it’s such a relief when we no longer have to hold on to our ideas about others’ ideas. Exposing the falseness or hollowness of our beliefs reduces our inflated reputation. We don’t have to be ‘holy’ to do this: we just have to be aware of an artificial I – the self-interested ego of artificial intelligence that we have learnt to become.

Humans are part A.I. and partial divine consciousness. We are all in the same boat of confusion. When we can recognise our confusion, then we can recognise the confusion of others…

…and then we can smile together!

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We Are Born Meditating
Meditation is just being aware

We are always meditating, but this goes unnoticed when we are distracted by events, actions or objects. Being aware is natural and ordinary, so meditation is natural and ordinary.

Unfortunately, through habit, we identify with appearances and fixate on them, and forgetting original awareness. There is nothing wrong with appearances; it is the clinging to appearances that causes our suffering.

Listen to a sound, now. We are aware of that sound. But are we aware of being aware of that sound? Now, we are :-D. Being aware of being aware, while not identifying with the sound, is meditation. Embroiling ourselves in appearances, we become lost, confused in a duality that is relating to manifestations – or we can just hear, and not lose inner peace.

This is apparent with all the senses, thoughts and emotions; that is detachment. There is, however, still a duality present – a twoness. I am aware that I am aware, and it is here that the secret of non-duality reveals itself.

Awareness meditation is just a means to an end. That end is enlightened vision, clear light, pure awareness, the oneness of non-duality. Breaking the meditation, we avoid identifying with ‘doing’ meditation, and that is non-meditation. In pure awareness there is no reference point, no identification, no meditation, just pure empty awareness.

Now, we can acknowledge appearances while remaining aware, as appearances arise within emptiness, pure awareness. Recognition and awareness are, in fact, inseparable, like the moon reflected in a pool.

Inseparability is non-duality – oneness not twoness – but we go through twoness to arrive at oneness.

The only times we are not meditating
are when we are distracted, or in oneness.

We come in and out of pure awareness
to communicate.

…We should train in the discipline of taming the mind. The concentration that unites calm abiding and clear seeing – shamata and vipassana – will arise in our minds and gradually, through clear insight and the wisdom that realises selflessness, on the basis of our understanding and realisation, we will realise the ultimate stages of the path.”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Tsoknyi Rinpoche 2018 Dzogchen Retreat UK

23rd – 29th March, Bruton School for Girls,
Sunny Hill, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NT.

Topic: ‘Dreamlike Enlightenment – Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective’.

For detail: Booking will open Saturday 20th January at 9 a.m. at which time if you go to our website you’ll find the link to the booking form.

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The Epidemic Of Surveillance
keeps us part of the conspiracy.

The epidemic of surveillance in our society – evident through CCTV, fingerprint scanning, facial recognition, virtual money, etc – is creating a profile of each of us, and stealing our personal identity. Everything we do will require full personal identification … this is where we heading.

Being accustomed to this, we unconsciously become part of this surveillance machinery when we consent without questioning; we go along with it to ensure ‘our safety and convenience’.

Our personal profile is fixed when it’s compiled into data on a computer. Everything about us is known (or will be), and this may be used against us by anyone acquiring this information. Our tendencies are being harvested, under the guise that such information is for our benefit.

Becoming attached and reliant on digital machines, we merge into the machine. It is now controlling us as we constantly refer to it for advice. The machine has made itself indispensable; certain facilities are free for a reason.

We have forgotten to be masters of our selves, and now live within an illusion of mastery over ourselves.

So what can we do?

The point is that we can recognise that we are being manipulated, and so we need to question everything we think and do while being aware that our thoughts could be someone else’s thoughts, and that we may be playing someone else’s game. Being moulded into a consumer identity is not what we are here for.

Outer surveillance is making sure that we don’t see what’s going on!
Inner surveillance is our own pure consciousness that sees everything that is going on.
Don’t ignore it.

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Why Do We Fear Others’ Spirituality?

The way that others see things may not be the way we see things. That’s okay, as we are unique in our personal path – our own confusion – but there is nothing special in our potential as we all have Buddha nature, which is an enlightened nature.

It is this uniqueness that can create fear: as a result, certain topics seem taboo, because we hold on to our path’s uniqueness when, in reality, our path is only a means to an end. The only reason that I can see for this fear is a limited view, limited empathy and limited understanding.

There are many paths of confusion, and each of us has to unravel this confusion. It seems, however, that most just want more of the same because, through experience, trauma, wounds and training, our brains have become wired a certain way. If this is the case, then it is extremely difficult to find people to really talk to as we all have different, set, neural pathways. We need the correct company in order to communicate, otherwise life could be frustrating and depressing.

Encountering the spirituality of others shouldn’t be a battleground. But let’s be honest, it is, because this area of investigation throws our own faults into the spotlight. Meeting in empathy (a ‘meeting of neurons’) – is really rare, even with spiritual teachers. If we practise – I mean, truly practise – in our conduct, then we will upgrade realisation through the expansion of space; the realisation of our potential becomes more evident – but then, there will be fewer people with whom we can communicate on that level.

Others may prefer a tight space of dogma. That’s okay. We will all gradually evolve in our own time, and through this understanding, fear drops away and we stop hoping 🙂

Most fear spirituality. This is because of the way in which spirituality is being ‘culturalised’. To deal with the here and now, when in the jungle, think jungle.

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We Are All Part Of The Conspiracy
Conspiracy: a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.

We are metaphysical beings, beyond physical and mental realms. We are pure conscious intelligence, beyond the control of others … or we should be! 😀 We are unique spirits of pure consciousness. Wow!

Anything that obscures this pure consciousness – whether in body, speech or mind – is harmful to this realisation. It is because pure consciousness is a natural, universal law of absolute reality, that any and all obstructions that limit this experience could be said to be ‘unlawful’.

If we choose to ignore the principle of this universal law of reality by being either attracted to limitations or crusading against them, we are involved, and therefore distracted. We become part of these limiting and restrictive boundaries, and are thus imprisoned.

To whom can you talk about this? Not many people (if any). That’s how corrupt our situation is. This conspiracy started thousands of years ago, with the biased translation – and omission – of ancient text, in order to limit people’s understanding. Certain truths were left out, and others kept secret. Why? In order to control people in subtle ways by making them react and become more confused, descending into a rabbit hole of neediness. How many just repeat, rather than coming to their own conclusions?

Words can be taken either literally or expediently, depending on our capacity to question. Words can either give rise to a belief system, or indicate direct knowingness. For example:

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.
If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well.
From now on you do know Him and have seen Him …

In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.”

As a Dharma student, I see the truth in this statement, but there is also a seeming deception – or maybe a different level of understanding. There may also seem to be deceptions in Buddhism because there are levels of understanding: although lower levels may appear to be true, upon investigation, a more refined understanding can be realised.

John 14:6 from the perspective of the Dharma:

For ‘life’, we read ‘light’.
For ‘light of men’, we read ‘uncontaminated clarity’.
We, as human beings, have two aspects; a gross physical aspect, and a metaphysical, spiritual aspect. The first we take literally – the ‘imaginary’ self – but this same imaginary self can be taken expediently, as a means of attaining the end of the imaginary self through the realisation of pure consciousness.
‘The way’ is our confusion that has created an imaginary self.
The ‘truth and the life’ is the light of clarity that is beyond the imaginary self, and within all beings,

‘Father’ refers to our ultimate nature, realised through instruction: the realisation of this instruction is inseparable from ultimate truth. The very moment of recognising the ‘me’ to be this imaginary self is the direct realisation of that ultimate nature, free from any graven image.

The way is truth of our confusion.
The light is the recognition and realisation of this.
The moment we recognise the imaginary ‘me’ is the moment of freedom.

No waiting involved.
Heaven is right now.

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It’s This Simple

Because of light, shadows are cast.

Shadows reveal forms.
Being attracted to forms,
the original light is forgotten.

Shadows are recognised by light.
When light recognises shadows,
the two become inseparable.

Whatever is seen
is merely a reflection of pure consciousness.

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Liberation from Dependency

To be able to ‘read between the lines’ means to perceive or deduce a meaning that is hidden or  implied rather than being openly stated.

‘Independent’ is being free from outer control, not subject to another’s authority, and capable of thinking or acting for oneself. In other words, genuine liberation.

We are not hungry ghosts, sinners or stupid creatures; we just haven’t met with the right inspiration to realise our own reality.

We are born into confusion. The paradox is that, in desperately trying to find a way out of this confusion, we find a way to fit into this confusion. The result, of course, is confusion. This is samsara – the vicious cycle of existence that keeps us in a tender trap of absurdity.

But the fact still remains that we are not stupid. We have just become dependent on ideas – others’ ideas. Let’s be honest; we don’t have an original idea of our own, and nor does anyone else. Everything comes about by causes and conditions. Nothing comes out of the blue, but a cause may be hidden for a while.

Answers come about through questions – our questions. True insight comes from personal experience, rather than from language, scripture, philosophy or higher authority. We have to be honest and willing to leave behind convenient truths in order to find what we are looking for – even if it means discovering something unpleasant. That unpleasantness – the cause of suffering – is our path to vanquishing all obstacles. There are no certainties except pure consciousness – the final observation, the final resolution, the loosening, the final release!

We are not stupid. We have just become needy and dependent, and we need to question our dependency, even though that may be uncomfortable. The right inspiration is our teacher. A ‘teacher’ is not a named person: it is anything that inspires us not to be dependent, because that right inspiration is within and all around us – and has been all along. Funnily enough, the person who really annoys us is that inspiration, because it is showing us our type of emotional reactions (pride, anger etc) that obscure pure perception. It’s that simple.

That is what the human teacher is; a guide to realising the inner teacher so that we are not dependent on the human teacher. The outer human teacher cannot be with us all the time but serves as a reminder, and a psychological support. That is what the basic (read between the lines 😀 ) Buddha’s teaching does – precisely.

If a teacher needs students for their ongoing credibility and sustenance, then we may find ourselves in a tender trap. The basis of the Buddha’s teaching is natural, observable and free. All the teachings on reality are within us. “Don’t take my words for it…see!” said the Buddha 😀

The teacher-student relationship can create heightened perception of both what we are and what the world around us is – or these can remain just as ideas.

The teachings and inspiration come from our own questioning, rather than from being nicely entertained.

The grit in the oyster is the pearl in the shell.
The purpose of life is to make use of suffering.

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Being Satisfied With Dissatisfaction

As we learn, we have to drop the limitations of our previous understanding. In this realisation, we can feel either uncomfortable or elated, and that determines where we go next – or whether we stay where we are!

Because there are levels of understanding and realisation, there is room to breath, and step into a vaster space. It’s not as if we learn something and that’s it. We have to ‘wear’ our understanding for a while and see how it relates to our life. There is not a one size that fits all.

When in a group, there is, unfortunately, an assumption made that we all have to feel the same, and that is restricting to say the least. From personal experience, the fact that we don’t feel the way as others can become annoying: we don’t have to say anything … we just don’t laugh at the same things! 😀

We learn sequentially through our own endeavours rather than as a collective, and so there are times when we just have to move on and leave what was behind, behind.

Everything arises within pure consciousness; there is nothing outside pure consciousness.
learning sequentially Pure consciousness, or pure awareness, is the highest, deepest, vast-without-limits practice.

Going to teachings can tell us about pure consciousness, but it is only in genuine, personal interest that we experience a realisation that is more and more refined … and the simpler it gets. All techniques are a support for pure conscious awareness. Once realised, the support becomes a hinderance, and has to be dropped. We only return to the support when we forget.

Because everything is within pure consciousness, pure consciousness tells us everything we need to know. Gradually, the next step reveals itself and we see things differently. We acknowledge that our temperament is unique; that which satisfies one does not necessarily satisfy another.

And so, for a while, we are alone. Then we learn to express pure consciousness – love – and this too has many levels, depending on our capacity. This is where real learning takes place, as there is no outer guidance other than life itself. We gradually learn to tailor our expression to fit the circumstance of others. This is challenging, as others may not be so accommodating to our expression of love!

All that matters is that our heart is in the right place – in their heart!
A meeting of minds is one thing:
a meeting of hearts is something else.

If we don’t give up, we cannot fail.

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The Tenderness Of Attentiveness

When something is whole, by definition, it’s unchanging and complete.
When split into two, this upsets the equilibrium of wholeness.

Emptiness and consciousness are two aspects of our being:
Emptiness is absolute reality.
Consciousness is relative reality.
By virtue of one, the other can be known.

When emptiness is forgotten, consciousness becomes impure.
When empty essence is remembered, consciousness becomes pure.

If we have a light side, then we also have a dark side.
If we forget empty essence, we fall into ordinary consciousness and react to everything as being solid and real.
If we forget consciousness, we become caught up in nihilistic voidness, and are unable to relate.

Empty essence and cognisant nature complete a wholeness which equals compassionate energy. This is the tenderness of attentiveness.

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Buddhist Accidentally Finds God

God, in reality, is never what we think, as what we think is a concept, rather than the reality itself.

What is reality? Reality is not unknowable: it is natural to us, and we cannot be separated from it. If reality is natural to us, then it can be proven. This unchanging reality, on investigation, turns out to be our pure consciousness, beyond conceptual, impure consciousness. If there is no pure consciousness, then there is no God. But there is pure consciousness … !

No pure consciousness; no God.
Know pure consciousness; know God.

Humans fall into two categories: those who believe in God, and those who do not (of course, there are others – those who are not sure, and those who don’t care – but here, we are simplifying into believers and non-believers).

Interestingly, the disbelievers only came about because of the believers: one claims something exists, and the other says, “Prove it!” – so the believers started the argument! 😀 Both are arguing over a concept rather than the reality.

We are assailed by demons that separate us, and create anxiety and angst. Angels are inspirational messengers that remind us; they are the symbolic teacher of all phenomena. Through this reminder, we regret our past mischiefs. Genuine recognition is forgiveness. That recognition comes from pure awareness. In other words … !

The realisation of divine, enlightened Spirit liberates conceptual thinking, anxiety, angst, demons … and angels. These conceptual projections obscure reality. When the veil drops away, we come face to face with that which is beyond clinging to ideas.

2 Corinthians 3:17
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and  where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.…”

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Mastery Over Perception

Mastery over perception
means that we cease to react to appearances.
Karma is therefore no longer reinforced,
purifying samsara.
And the lighter … and lighter … we feel!

You can see where this is going!


Karma: the residue of memories that influences our behaviour.
Samsara: the perpetuation of karmic influences that fixes us into a seemingly solid reality of dissatisfaction.

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In Rigpa, Nothing Sticks

This means that ego has nothing to feed on

In rigpa* we can clearly see, feel, taste, smell, hear and think, but without attachment; as a consequence, we do not become oversensitive.

Mastery over phenomena
means that phenomena
has no mastery over us.
It doesn’t stick 🙂

In this modern world, we are taught to be in touch with our feelings and, as a result, we can be oversensitive. Being oversensitive, we are easily offended, and demand that the world changes. Such behaviour is contagious, and we become collectively addicted to self interest, sentimentality and self-indulgence. That is emotionalism!

Being attached to our feelings as a guide to truth obscures reasoning – and results in a sticky world.

To cope in this topsy-turvy state of utter confusion, we need clear insight in order to detach ourselves, and avoid becoming victims.

Being is simple.
Being human is complex,
and we can deny ourselves natural, spontaneous joy.

*Rigpa means pure awareness or empty essence.

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Misdirected For Thousands Of Years

We are told to worship a power outside ourselves; to, in fact, give our power away. This abdication of sovereignty has taken many forms: as a result, we have attached ourselves to divisions, keeping us busy, distracted and divided, and giving rise to conflicts that have no valid basis as those divisions never existed in the first place.

The doubt I wrote of yesterday – the feeling of suspended concepts – was referring to a neutral state of emptiness. Conventional doubt can leave us confused – so much so that we have to rely on something or someone from outside.

Our magical power of realisation has been surrendered to another magician.

We are led to believe that there is a mountain of spiritual knowledge to climb by suggesting there is a goal, when in truth, we are already there. In order to realise what we are, we have all the power of consciousness that we require.

There is no goal. There is nowhere to go. There is only realisation.

There is and can be nothing higher, deeper or more authentic than the origin of our pure consciousness, which is our source and our home. Once this is established, we merely regulate our conduct through compassionate activity, to maintain awareness of pure consciousness. There will be ups and downs, but all we have to do is remember … until we never forget.

Just look around;
humans are still squabbling at the base line.

Being is simple.
Being human is complex.

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Is There God?

This is a dualistic question, and will produce a conventional, dualistic response.

There are four possible answers – yes, no, don’t know, don’t care – each of which is a fixated idea. On this relative level, there is no absolute realisation: we can only believe, or make an assumption, and these both obscure genuine experience.

If, however, we can acknowledge a doubt within each of those answers because we cannot be totally sure, then something miraculous can occur. That doubt might just be the key to realising the truth beyond our fixed ideas.

Doubt suspends speculation. A space is created in which to look, and then look again because there is a recognition that something unusual is happening. There is a presence of knowingness in not knowing! The realm of heaven is right here, right now.

In that undefined state beyond defined concepts is a timeless presence of purity that is within everything we see.

What would you call that?

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The Tibetan Book Of The Dead – Audio Book
narrated by Richard Gere

Commentary by Gyalwa Dokhampa

No Regrets: Dalai Lama’s Advice for Living & Dying

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Recognising The Problem Is The Solution

Our greatest problem is identifying the problem. Once that’s done, the problem – whether it’s electrical or plumbing or spiritual – can be solved. Everything is solvable once we identify the problem.

We may find ourselves dissatisfied or depressed: once we recognise the cause of that, healing can take place. All we have to do is find a suitable method: teachings or transmissions can help us identify the problem. We have to take the plaster off the wound. Because we have had the courage to recognise the problem, the joy and satisfaction are priceless. Only then can we find the correct solution, and apply it.

The best advice my father-in-law (an electrical engineer) gave me was to look for the obvious disconnection, which means testing the whole circuit until you find the fault. This is the way of the universal teacher that tells you everything you need to know. And it costs nothing 😀

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Thoughts And Emotions Are Natural

We all have thoughts and emotions:
it’s what humans do.

But what do we do next?

These same thoughts and emotions can either:
create a fresh, dynamic atmosphere of compassion, expressing clarity
= enlightened spirit
create a stale, egocentric atmosphere where emotions haunt and possess us
= evil spirit.

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Don’t Blame The Meditation

We may think that we do not have emotions,
or that we do not get angry.

Then we start meditating,
and suddenly realise that we do.

Don’t blame the meditation for being aware.

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You Don’t Have To Let Go

Letting go of emotions or ideas isn’t something we have to do: all that is necessary is to be aware. Purely aware. Pure awareness liberates thoughts and emotions naturally. Grasping does not exist in the presence of pure awareness.

If there is grasping, there is no pure awareness.
If there is pure awareness, there is no grasping.

It’s that simple.

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There Is No Spiritual Mystery
There never was.

A ‘mystery’ occurs to a confused mind when it assumes that it does not know. Confusion arises when our mind is full of concepts and assumptions: these concepts and assumptions obscure pure consciousness, and thus, mystery is created.

Simply put, that which sees the mystery is the obvious, natural, clear light of pure consciousness.

If we fixate on texts, we will remain in a dualistic state of ‘me’ and ‘the teaching’.
There will be no end to arrogance.
Let go of study to resolve the mystery.

If we identify with a deity, this too is dualistic, having a subject and an object.
There will be no end to feeling worthless and guilty.Let go of devotion to resolve the mystery.

If we sit for hours in stillness meditation, that is still a duality of ‘me’ and ‘the stillness’.
There will be no end to the oblivion.
Let go of meditation to resolve the mystery.

We are using study, deity and meditation as antidotes for our misery: the misery will return, however, as antidotes are only a temporary release. We have to recognise or resolve that pure consciousness is right here, right now.

Once we have resolved the reality of pure consciousness … job done! All that is then needed is to remember: remembrance will then influence everything we do, purifying karma, and making our life simpler.

All religions have a formal, exoteric side intended for the general public.

All religions also have an esoteric side – the mysterious, occult, hidden, secret, mystic, magical,  cabbalistic side, intended for the few.
There is no need to make a mystery out of spirituality.

The pointing out instruction of Dzogchen can dissolve all mysteries from the start. We are pure consciousness. There is only pure consciousness. That is the mystery – which is not a mystery, when realised. It is that which is recognising, right here, right now! There is nothing more advanced than that.

We all fall into the trap of thinking that we don’t do enough spiritual practice when, in actuality there is nothing to do but be aware. Effortlessly aware.

There are fixations in the mind, but by understanding and realising pure consciousness, they are softened and therefore resolved. We can have a fulfilling and happy life and death, without doubts hanging over us. It just takes practice of becoming familiar with our true reality.

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One Taste: Is There Right And Wrong?
How to argue, and not argue

The Buddha said;
“Just as the great ocean has one taste – the taste of salt – so also this teaching and discipline has one taste – the taste of liberation”.

But what does that mean in practical terms?

When talking on a conventional level, we argue about this as opposed to that, which leads to more of the same. Everything has the one taste of our personal bias, so the Buddha obviously wasn’t talking about that 😉

There are many commentaries about “one taste”, so we have to pick our way through to see what makes sense to us. Here are few examples;

The absence of inherent existence of the mind of an ordinary sentient being, an arya
or buddha, is the same in nature”.

“The final reality, the tathagate essence, the emptiness of inherent existence of the
mind, is inseparable in the sense that all conventional phenomena are of one taste in
emptiness. They are all inseparable in emptiness”.

“All phenomena are of one taste in that they are without arising ultimately”.

“In emptiness there is no I, the creator of negative actions. In emptiness there is no creating of negative actions. In emptiness there are no negative actions created. Even though there are infinite phenomena, in emptiness nothing exists at all. There is no this and that, no me and you, nothing. In emptiness everything is one taste. From this emptiness, everything comes into existence. Whatever exists is the manifestation of emptiness.”

Commentaries originate from a particular level (yana), and our realisation will depend upon our understanding at the moment.

From a Dzogchen view, we are pure awareness, empty of contamination. This is our true reality. Being pure awareness, no concepts of good and bad are present as no judgement is formed yet: this can clearly be recognised in meditation. “One taste” is just taste, empty without comments of ‘sweet’ or ‘bitter’. Judgement comes afterwards.

Tibetan Buddhism describes emptiness as having five attributes, or wisdoms lights:

Mirror-like wisdom
Discriminating wisdom
All-accomplishing wisdom
The wisdom of equality
All-encompassing wisdom

These wisdoms are manifestations of emptiness.

Although emptiness does not entail judgement, note that there is ‘discriminating wisdom’ – having the ability to discern – because we have to be able to recognise whatever is an obstruction to the clarity of mind. It is the recognition of such an obstruction that denotes a transmission taking place: the noise in empty silence. We now can judge whether something is beneficial or not, but in the light of spiritual wisdom.

The teachings are transmissions.
We are the receivers.
The receiver recognises it is receiving: it’s switched on!

It’s just a matter of tuning in.

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The Problem With ‘Doing’ Spiritual Practice …

… is wanting something,
fearing not getting it,
and ignoring what is already present.

The way to salvation or liberation free from suffering
is to see the Lord of Love everywhere, and in everyone.

That seeing is the Lord of Love.
It was never anywhere else.

In the early stages of spiritual practice, we do something. Gradually and synchronistically, the inspirations of realisation occur. We discover that wanting what we already are is an interference to realisation.

Spiritual practice is a reminder; it is the mindfulness training boat that takes us to our destination – pure awareness. Once we have arrived, we no longer need the boat of longing. We can just be.

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Being Convinced About Our Way
It’s just a matter of seeing.

We all have an inner longing, but maybe we’re not clear about what that is. Once we give it a name, this seems to limit the longing, creating a barrier we cannot pass. This inner longing is beyond the physical or mental realms; it’s more like a ‘feeling’. A mystery, but not a total mystery because there is something familiar in it.

Here, we are referring to our inner dimension. This is something we daren’t talk about, because talk is just talk.

The word ‘spirituality’ can have many definitions, so we need to be precise about what exactly it means to us, personally. The idea of spirituality switches many people off, because the material world – and their place in it – means everything to them, and if we’re not careful, we can become caught up in their partiality.

It’s just a matter of seeing.

Our path is confusion, and is therefore, dark. We need to enlighten the path, and keep the light on. Once the path is lit, we can see – and that is all that matters. Then there is no need for the path; it’s gone!

Because there is just seeing, subtle fears may arise because we feel we have to see something: we miss the genuine experience of just seeing, of pure awareness, and therefore we resort to clinging to the path of religious formulae. We have not “Gone, gone, gone beyond”.

Our path, our method, our emphasis is actually our undoing. This ‘undoing’ clears away our confusion about our reality. This blog has no intention of converting anyone to anything: genuine teachings merely support whichever path we choose, to realise our reality. Realisation is light … is enlightenment … is clarity.

It’s just a matter of seeing.

Our paths have many names. A path is a means to an end – the end of confusion. It’s not there to create more confusion 😀 . We have to connect with our longing, which is self realisation; the end of the path. And the path can end now!

There are many religious or spiritual traditions, so it’s plain to see that there is more than one approach. Ultimately, when we go beyond words, we go beyond the teacher, the teaching and the upholders of the teaching: “Gone, gone, gone beyond.” If we cannot maintain the light (which is just a matter of seeing), then we need the support of the teacher, the teaching, and the upholders of the teaching.

In order to know anything, we need awareness. We need to look and see – and realise that there is nothing to see. It’s just a matter of seeing, of pure awareness. When we are convinced of this, and have gained confidence in it, then nothing can disturb us. Now we can love, because there is nothing to defend.

If, after death, there are visions, we need to know the difference between the clear light of seeing and the projections of the conceptual mind.

The longing of clear light in union with clear light is ultimate attainment.

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Acetylcholine = Prolonged Focused Attention… continued

This is a complex subject, and although this is only a consciousness blog and not a medical journal, it’s still important to consider such topics.

It seems that our modern, speedy lifestyle is having a detrimental effect on us. Two particular items caught my eye on this subject: too much stress, and exposure to unnecessary chemicals which cause an imbalance in our brains.

In our new world order of flashing images and flashing lifestyle, our inner wind (our anxiety) is always up. If stress is showered upon us when we are children, just think how it is affecting us now. The loss of Acetylcholine is also connected to types of dementia.

There are many sites about this subject: this is from one of them.

Acetylcholine levels can be low for a number of reasons, including:

  • not enough B vitamins in the diet – Acetylcholine is made from the B vitamin choline, with the assistance of vitamins B1 and B5

  • too much sugar – a high sugar intake robs the body of its vitamin B stores, reducing acetylcholine production

  • too much stress – stress uses up B vitamins and depletes acetylcholine levels in the body

  • exposure to mercury, lead, aluminium, PCBs, fertilisers, pesticides or EMF can all interfere with acetylcholine production in the body

Symptoms of low acetylcholine levels can include:

  • poor focus and concentration

  • memory problems – difficulty remembering names and faces, birthdays, lists, directions or instructions

  • misplacing your keys, wallet or glasses frequently

  • slow and/or confused thinking

  • difficulty finding the right words

  • disorientation

  • making simple mistakes at work

  • introversion – preferring to do things alone rather than in groups

  • feeling of despair, lack of joy

And then there is the addictive lifestyle of reward – the Dopamine effect! The way in which we think affects our lifestyle, and our lifestyle affects our brain. The way our brain works, with its memories and judgements, affects our mind.

This is why it is important to be aware.

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